Wednesday, May 23, 2007

UHA Puccho Custard

These are freakish, disarming and charming all at once. I don’t know why I ordered them from JBox, but I’m certainly glad I did.

I thought that the Puccho line is really inventive. If you’ve never had them they’re a chew studded with bits of gummi and then other candy, usually little sour or fizzy nuggets. I know it sounds weird but it really works.

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JBox.com called this variety Baked Puccho—Custard Cream. But from the package and taste I’ve decided it’s really creme brulee.

The chew is a light vanilla, smooth though not quite as bouncy as HiCHEW. Then as the chew continues there are little grainy sparkles of caramelized sugar and then soft and dense nuggets of caramel flavored gummis. Creamy and crunchy and chewy.

It sounds weird, I know, but they’re completely addictive and I’m sorry I didn’t buy more (especially since they’re currently out of them). They’re satisfying in that they make me feel like I’ve had a decadent fatty custard but they’re also so engaging because of the chew that I want to keep it going.

The other flavor they have in stock at JBox right now is Mikakuto Baked Puccho—Baked Apple & Cinnamon which also sounds pretty weird, but judging by my first impression of these, they’re probably very good.

Name: Baked Puccho - Custard Cream
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: UHA
Place Purchased: courtesy of JBox.com
Price: $1.40
Size: 60 grams
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chew, Gummi, Japan, UHA

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Comments
  1. I bought some of these last time I was at Mitsuwa and while they are weird, they are strangly good.  The thing that got me were the little “gummies” as you call them that were imbedded inside—they reminded me of seeds or something. 

    Usually I find the Japanese carmel flavored candies to have a bit of an unpleasant coconut flavor—not so with these.

    Comment by Julie on 5/23/07 at 5:54 am #
  2. Wow, these sound so nice.
    But I’m guessing they containt gelatin?
    Psst, I really enjoy reading your blog. smile

    Comment by Rachel on 5/23/07 at 6:48 am #
  3. funny, i just picked up some of these at Mitsuwa as well.  they are interesting—i definitely like the bits of crunchy caramelized sugar!  i think i still prefer the tangy fruit versions, though

    Comment by adam on 5/23/07 at 7:12 am #
  4. I have a packet of the Baked Apple and Cinnamon ones waiting for me. This weekend I plan on trying them. I wanted to try these too but they were sold out. :(

    Comment by Sera on 5/23/07 at 8:23 am #
  5. I tried the Baked Apple ones—really good! The crispy bits add so much. Unfortunately, I only found them while I was in a different part of Japan and haven’t seen either of these special editions in my town. I think they might be over for the season. I’m seeing a lot of soda flavors instead.

    Comment by Anjali on 5/23/07 at 12:31 pm #
  6. The Creme Brulee and Baked Apples are winter flavors. They both sounded weird, but were surprisingly good. The Baked Apple flavor has a little bit of a fruity apple taste.

    Comment by K on 5/23/07 at 10:16 pm #
  7. Yes…I have had thoughs before. At first glance I thought it was bubble gum but when I put it in my mouth it was like taffy! I had a pleasant exsperience though. Only the pack I had was a berrie flavour instead I believe but I’m not sure because I can’t read Japanese. I was in a small Japanese market and they had a bunch of neat candies and nifty packaging

    Comment by Aly B on 5/24/07 at 10:56 am #
  8. That sounds wonderful!  I’ve got to look for these and if I can’t find them in a store I may have to finally succumb to JBox.

    BTW—I got the best cotton candy of my life a couple weeks ago.  A kiosk at Downtown Disney (near the Lego store) called Candee Fluff I think.  Grape was amazing and the Pink Vanilla even better.  Not in Disneyland or DCA, Downtown Disney.  They do almost a dozen flavors.  Genius.

    BTW 2—Are you doing Script Frenzy in June?  I saw a pic of yours in the Flickr pool.  If so, hello fellow writer! smile

    Comment by Erin on 5/24/07 at 11:00 am #
  9. They sell all flavors and types in the markets and candy stores in “little tokyo” In los angeles

    Comment by female dna on 6/05/07 at 7:38 am #

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